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Too hot for eggs??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cmsagirl, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. cmsagirl

    cmsagirl Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2015
    So here in Kentucky our temps have just gone from 50s&60s to 80s. And suddenly I've gone from getting 7-8 eggs a day to 4. They have plenty of food, water, and shade. Can the spring/summer heat affect their egg production?
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2014
    Pacific Northwest
    That could be the case, Its getting pretty hot here in Washington (70's-90's) and our girls have slowed down a bit too.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Hot weather is stressful, especially sudden changes, some halt for a bit others slow down.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Are you free ranging?
    Is it hot in the coop nests?
  5. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2016
    Tucson, AZ

    We're in our normal 1 week Tucson Spring: 70's last week, 90+ this week with 100+ after.

    Our hens quite literally, shut down until they acclimate. We're getting 12+ eggs now but I anticipate about half that (at best) for the next month until we get up to full temps. Once the 100's settle in and the box fan goes into the coop, everyone is right as rain.

    I would probably be a little upset if I was wearing a heavy feather coat and pumping out footballs from my rear end when there was a major temp change! So yes, they will be discontented, and then acclimate.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2016
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  6. cmsagirl

    cmsagirl Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2015
    Thank you all! I do free range them in turns since they dont all get along, but their coops and yards have shade. The temps went back down to 60's and lower 70's. A good rain + a slight cool down has gotten them back to normal :)
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016

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